Course Title: Mechanics and Materials 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanics and Materials 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Alex Kootsookos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8075

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 57.3.21

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: MIET2419 Mechanics and Materials 1, or an equivalent

Course Description

This course further develops your capabilities in mechanics and materials. You will analyse combined shear, axial and bending loads, and design for strength in both tension and compression. Design for deflection will be covered, and various techniques will be used to calculate deflections, including energy methods.
You will examine the underlying assumptions used in mechanics of solids analysis and recognise the environments under which engineering materials do not behave according to these assumptions. Situations of high and low temperatures and loading rates, fatigue loading and loads exceeding the yield strength will be examined.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:
● Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline
● Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering solving
● Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
● Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domain
● Professional use and management of information     

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Calculate the shear, torsional, axial, and bending stresses which occur at a point or which act on a section, and express this state of stress either algebraically or graphically using Mohr’s Circle for Stress
2. Explain how compositional, processing and environmental variables of common engineering materials affect the resultant mechanical and physical properties and participate in class discussion and feedback
3. Select a material for a specific application using readily available mechanical property data and accurately communicate your rationale
4. Calculate the elastic deflections of beams and trusses using a variety of methods and be able to articulate the assumptions implicit to each method      

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities can include lectures; in-class, online and during tutorial quizzes; laboratories; assignments; tutorials and a final exam
It is vital that you keep up to date with all learning activities on Blackboard. It is here where you will find the online homework and details of the laboratory and assignments.
This course is designed to enhance your technical knowledge of Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering, however, some assessments have also been designed to give you practice in the interpretation of data, the management of information and your written communication skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the course Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, supplementary course notes, problem sheets and solutions, practice exam and quiz questions and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).  

Assessment tasks

Assignment #1
Weighting 15%
These assessment tasks support Course Learning Outcomes 2 and 3
Assignment #1 forms an early assessment task

Assignment #2
Weighting 10%
These assessment tasks support Course Learning Outcomes 2 and 3

Mid-Semester Assessment: Tutorial Quiz
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes 1 and 2

Online Homework
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 4

Group Laboratory Report(s)
Weighting 5%
This assessment supports Course Learning Outcome 1.

Final Examination
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports Course Learning Outcomes 1, 2 and 4